Subway and Public Transportation Etiquette - The People We Encounter

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  1. Fang66

    Fang66 Senior member

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    Hence my question.
     
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    after 3 years of spending 3+ hours a day on the train, I've certainly seen some interesting things.

    most annoying experience: a woman spent over an hour selecting her ring tone.

    oddest: A middle aged man I would see several days a week. Rather obese and very grimy/sweaty with a penchance for sitting next to the cutest/youngest girl in the car. about 10 minutes after sitting down, he would pull out his Where's Waldo book and proceed to intently read it and occasionally try to strike up a conversation with the girl/victim. Every few weeks he would switch from the red Where's Waldo book to the blue book.... I have a feeling the yellow book would blow his mind.
     
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    Yeh I see a lot of them as well, not Black or Latino though.


    Well if the automated ticket vending machines are anything like the ones on the Beijing Subway, they never seem to work properly. They're supposed to accept paper currency, but it's always rejected, and I never get any coins in my change. So one is forced to queue at the ticket booth.
     
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    Needs HK Octopus card. That shit is awesome, take MTR, buy groceries, condoms... :slayer:
     
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    +1... I don't live there but visit often and always keep my Octopus card. (as well as others from places I frequent) I can't stand being in a city like that for more than a day w/o the convenience of whatever the local subway card is. It's always funny to see the same tourists day after day standing in line to buy single tickets for every journey.... wtf? Get a card silly.
     
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    What I don't understand is chicago residents who don't have the smart cards...they still have to take out their paper card and dip it in the machine and wait for it to get spit back out. And when they run out of money, they have to go to a physical machine (unless they get monthly cards in the mail for work...but then they get fucked if the mail is late)

    I understand that there were some issues in the early stages of the program (my early cards only lasted a year a piece but now they seem to do fine) and the convenience of just being able to wave my wallet in front of the machine until it beeps and never having to worry about reloading it is so much better. It takes half as long to get on a bus which is noticeable when there is a line of people at rush hour and it is linked to my pre-tax transit benefit as well as a backup creditcard so it is always ready to go.

    Tourists can't use them since they cost $5 (or you have to wait for a free promo) but for the daily commuters..wtf?
     
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    right... how could you live there and NOT have a card??!! :paranoia:
     
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    Actually, over here in Melbourne, Australia, we're transitioning from paper magnetic strip ticket to smartcard system for our public transport system. It sounds nice, but in fact its absolutely awful. Tried it for a month, hated it and I won't be using it until they completely phase out the old system. The cards simply have atrocious sensors and during rush hour, I hate being held up by a bunch of users at the barriers strugging to beep themselves through.
     
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    I hate adults who interact with their loud abnoxious kids on the subway like they are one of them. Loud baby talk and screaming at 7am on the train should not be allowed, it should be hush by the parents, not exacerbated. Fucking retarts.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    What is it about Chinese food and the subway that attracts nasty, disgusting, fat, exhibitionists?

    Oh wait, makes perfect sense.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I hate people who take the L train within Manhattan. I mean just fucking walk you pricks.
     
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    Second to that is anyone who takes the local for one stop. It's actually a lasting irritation of mine that the 1 train stops at 14th, 18th, 23rd, 28th and 34th. Seriously? Not to mention that one block either side is the C,E and the F,M that also stop at 14th, 23rd and 34th streets. How lazy do people need to be that they need a train that stops at every single one of those stations?
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Dude, you have no idea. I have always felt this. Everyone is an asshole. Everyone. How much money s being spent, on a damn 2nd ave line now? They need a train from the Upper West Side to the Upper East Side dammit. and how about a viable option for getting from Astoria to Park Slope? Or even better, get the existing system working correctly before spending money on useless new lines.
     
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    I so agree with you on that (although taking the L from 8th avenue to 1st avenue was cited as "just fucking walk" and is no further than the upper east to the upper west). My gf lives in Park Slope and her sister in Astoria. Getting from one to the other is a royal pain. I'd quite like to be able to get the subway from Park Slope to Williamsburg, but she's nowhere near the G and apparently that's a total shitstorm anyway. The subway is pretty good if you live in Manhattan or are going to Manhattan, but going from outer borough to outer borough really sucks.

    What are your thoughts on the time to next train stuff? I think they're great, because I know if I'm better off taking the local that's coming in or waiting for the express. What really bugs me is when there are two lines on the sign (they do this on the 1,2,3 at Times Square all the time) and they use the top line to inform you that the 1 train is now arriving (no shit sherlock, I can see it) and the bottom line to tell me to tell a police officer or an MTA employee if I see something suspicious. Then the 1 train pulls out and the next express is 10 minutes away. Aaaaaarrrrrrrggggghhhhhhh!!!
     
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    The time to the next train things for the most part are ok, but they do fuck with you often. Almost every evening after work I will stand on the platform and it will say 4 minutes then 3 minutes later it will say 5 minutes, then 2, then 6. They jerk you off no matter what. They might has well just say "You're fucked" on the screen.

    I disagree about the UES to UWS, the park can be a nightmare to walk through.
     
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